hangin out in Boston/Cambridge?
posted May 2, 2011 3:30 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun May 15 at 7:00 PM, Cambridge Brewing Company
1-2200 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, USA (Map & Directions)
Hello! I will be visiting the Boston/Cambridge area from May 8-24 and thought it would be a good chance to meet some Boston mefites over a drink or a few.
I don't know the city super well and where I will be staying will be moving around a bit (South End, Brookline, Sommerville, maybe elsewhere), so I am open to suggestions for where to go. Also, suggestions for artsy/nerdy things to do on my own while in town are super welcome! I'll be increasingly busy toward the end of my visit, so the earlier the better.


UPDATE: Cambridge Brewing Company it is (or "CBC" as the kids call it), Sunday May 15 at 7pm.
posted by speicus to Meetup (40 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I can do this coming weekend. The Steampunk World's Fair is happening on Saturday and Sunday, and there's also the SoWa Open Market...do either of these sound interesting?
posted by pxe2000 at 5:30 PM on May 2, 2011

I'm not sure I can get 16 days off from work and the wife to go drink. I certainly could make the time to show up to a single thing, though. Some ideas:

* Big City (Pool, good beer selection)
* Sunset Grille (Incredible beer selection, satisfactory food)
* Publick House (Good Belgian beers and food, can get crowded)

South End/Back Bay:
* J J Foley's (good, average sorta place)
* Wally's (tiny and divey, but a legendary Jazz bar)
* Bukowski's (on the small side, but a good selection and they have a wheel to spin for a random beer)
* Cornwall's (okay, this is Kenmore, but I love it. Pool and lots of British-style selection of beer. Good food, too)

* Sacco's (good bar, great flatbread pizza, and candlepin bowling all in the same place)
* Flat Top Johnny's/Cambridge Brewing (red-felt pool and locally-brewed beer, respectively)
* Christopher's (good bar, good food, have accommodated big MeFi groups more than once in the past)

I could keep going, but maybe that's a good start.
posted by Plutor at 5:14 AM on May 3, 2011

I can probably make it to something either this weekend or the next. Long-term forecast for the weekend looks warm but with a slight chance of rain - we could try to find somewhere with outdoor seating.

There are plenty of questions in AskMe about things to do in Boston, but you might want to check out the MIT Museum. It also seems to be "Open Studio" season, so doing a search for "x open studios" for x ={Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, Fort Point} might yield some artsy stuff going on.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:36 AM on May 3, 2011

MFA's regular exhibits are free on Wednesday evenings; ICA's exhibits are free on Thursday evenings.

For an Italian restaurant where the drinks are strong, the dishes are huge and cheap, the waitresses call you "Honey" and you are the youngest one there by far, try Greg's Italian Restaurant on the Watertown/Cambridge line. For the Best Chinese in the Cambridge/Belmont/Watertown corner, try Shangri-La. Both are on the #71 & #73 bus 6 minutes out of Harvard Square.
posted by not_on_display at 10:07 AM on May 3, 2011 [2 favorites]

I assume from the other IRL event that you're already familiar with the Cambridge Science Festival, which will be having its grand finale on the 8th; also that weekend, FAST LIGHT at MIT includes an all-new piece of Otto Piene sky art.

I am sad that I'll be out of town and missing Klezwoods and The Underscore Orkestra at Johnny D's in Davis Square on the 17th.

May 21 is the inagural Somerville Porchfest sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council, where local bands play on porches throughout the city (my band will probably be near the Prospect Hill monument).
posted by nonane at 10:30 AM on May 3, 2011

Oh hey, I'll be there too, but only for the end part. Our flight doesn't leave until Tuesday afternoon, so maybe something Monday 5/23 night? I figure we'll be busy with opera and family stuff over the weekend and the last performance is Sunday afternoon.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:26 PM on May 3, 2011

If it's a weekend and after 5/11, I would be interested . . . I'm a meetup newbie so please send secret handshake in advance.
posted by theredpen at 12:42 PM on May 4, 2011

I'd be down for something this Saturday or Sunday night, and possibly the weekend of May 14/15. MeFi meetup virgin...eek. Eek?
posted by AlmondEyes at 2:49 PM on May 4, 2011

Payday doesn't happen until the 13th for me, so I'd be up for that Friday or beyond. I think a Friday the 13th meetup would be pretty awesome. Especially when there's going to be meetup virgins. Muahahahah.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:23 PM on May 4, 2011

an antitriskaidekaphobia meetup!
posted by rmd1023 at 6:08 AM on May 5, 2011

I'm around in the evenings and this weekend and next. I'm down!
posted by floweredfish at 7:44 AM on May 5, 2011

I'm in! (Oh hey LA peeps, it'd be great to see you again!) Busy during normal work hours but I can generally get anyplace T-accessible in the evenings. Evening Wednesday 5/11 and Sunday 5/8 in the midafternoon are my only hard conflicts.


(I will try to think of artsy stuff to add to the list.)
posted by athenasbanquet at 8:12 AM on May 5, 2011

I like the idea of a 5/13 meetup! It looks like I will be in [consults schedule] Brookline then. Would any the places Plutor mentioned (Big City, Sunset Grille, Publick House) work out, or would they be totally slammed on a Friday?
posted by speicus at 1:14 PM on May 5, 2011

They all get insanely crowded on the weekends, and unfortunately I don't think the students are gone yet. Sunset Grille does have a sort of side room that may be able to accommodate us if we give them a heads up - I'm not sure what their reservation policy is.
posted by backseatpilot at 1:20 PM on May 5, 2011

(hi athenasbanquet! long time/no see)

Not to clog up the works, but in addition to 5/13 I'd also be up for doing something 5/23 when mandyman is here.

Also thanks for the recommendations all, definitely gonna try and check out the museums and Klezwoods if I can... I wish I could do all the awesome stuff that seems to be happening this weekend but I have a feeling I might be too jetlagged for any of it.
posted by speicus at 1:21 PM on May 5, 2011

You've picked a beautiful time to visit Boston - aside from the threat of rain, of course. While you're staying in Brookline, I recommend just starting in Coolidge Corner and wandering down Harvard Ave in Allston to Comm Ave. It's not scenic, exactly - in fact, it's pretty urban - but it's an amazing mashup of different cultures. Japanese/Korean BBQ next to Russian grocery stores next to falafel next to thrift shop. But I'm weird and I like that sort of thing.

Because I've lived in Somerville and Cambridge for a while, I find it hard to think of things to do here - I'm used to them all. An afternoon in Harvard Square isn't a bad idea though and you can always go to a movie to extend it. I can come up with lots of Camberville restaurant/bar suggestions (and a few places to eat in Chinatown), but I'm not much help in finding places to meet in Brookline. That said, I'm happy to be introduced to a few - especially now that the weather is nicer for the trek across the river (or more accurately, the wait for the bus across the river).
posted by maryr at 3:15 PM on May 5, 2011

Publick House is basically next door to my apartment (yes, I am a lucky, lucky bastard). I could be there by about 6:15/6:30 and put our names in for a big group. How many people would we be talking about?

Matt Murphy's is also nearby in Brookline Village and awesome. They're on my walk home so same deal.

Stuff to do: Folks have covered most of the artsy/museumy stuff except nobody's mentioned the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Sowa is supposed to be badass but I haven't been yet. If you are futzing around St. Mary's stop in at Japonaise and get--well, get anything, but I particularly adore the an pan (buns with red bean paste inside).
posted by athenasbanquet at 4:56 PM on May 5, 2011

Hmm, the reviews on yelp for Publick House frequently mention the long wait, and a couple mentioned not seating parties until everyone is present, which worries me for a mefi meetup where people tend to straggle. Would Matt Murphy's be better in that regard?

If so, any objections to Matt Murphy's at 7pm on Friday, May 13?
posted by speicus at 1:57 PM on May 6, 2011

Hey! Hopping on a bit late but interested in this weekend (Sunday night, the 8th?) or this coming week. Leaving town for a bit on the 13th so will miss, sadly, any antitriskaidekaphobia meetups.

Also a meetup virgin; seconding AlmondEyes's eek.

BTW: Somerville's Open Studios are over, but Cambridge's is coming up.
posted by rebekah at 5:59 PM on May 6, 2011

I will be gone on 5/13 (not due to fear of #13), but I wanted to encourage more use of the "whee" tag in IRL posts.

posted by not_on_display at 11:36 AM on May 9, 2011

Just saw this, thought of this thread for artsy/nerdy - Emerging America Festival this weekend - particularly "Grand Theft Ovid" and "Bellona - Destroyer of Cities".
posted by zix at 2:46 PM on May 9, 2011

Yaaargh so apparently I totally lied and I am very much NOT available this Friday. However, the good news is that this Sunday 5/15 is totally clear. HOWEVER however, I will be in Cambridge then. So I am torn between:

SUNDAY May 15 7pm @ Matt Murphy's
SUNDAY May 15 7pm @ Cambridge Brewing Company?

Any preferences? Speak now or forever etc. etc. Sorry for the confusion y'all.
posted by speicus at 11:22 PM on May 10, 2011

Oh, Bellona looks verrrry interesting. There's also this karaoke thang on Thursday but I will be coming from a 3 hour rehearsal so I may or may not have the energy...
posted by speicus at 11:24 PM on May 10, 2011

We've had a couple meetups at the CBC and they've always been very accommodating. They'll take reservations for a large group, too.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:14 AM on May 11, 2011

I suspect for this size group CBC will be a bit easier. So....maybe there?
posted by athenasbanquet at 5:31 AM on May 11, 2011

Sunday evening at CBC works for me.
posted by AlmondEyes at 6:09 AM on May 11, 2011

OK, I'm calling it.
posted by speicus at 10:29 AM on May 11, 2011

I think I can make it.
posted by A dead Quaker at 7:38 PM on May 12, 2011

Okay! I think I can do this, too.
posted by rmd1023 at 9:06 PM on May 12, 2011

I'm going to try and make it. Anyone know what noise levels are like at CBC on a Sunday?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:36 AM on May 13, 2011

Good question, I would like to know as well. Also, once there's an approximate headcount, should I make a reservation?
posted by speicus at 2:33 PM on May 13, 2011

OK, I'll make a reservation on Sunday morning based on the "attending" number up top at that time.
posted by speicus at 11:54 PM on May 13, 2011

So my flight which was supposed to be landing in Boston a few minutes ago has been delayed until who knows when. I can't make it, sorry. :-(
posted by A dead Quaker at 12:21 PM on May 15, 2011

Reservation is under "filter" - memail me if you'd like to be added or whatevs. Sorry to hear about your flight, quaker!
posted by speicus at 2:01 PM on May 15, 2011

Can't make it. Work. Have fun, guys - I'll try to be at the next one.
posted by Ryvar at 2:29 PM on May 15, 2011

Bah. I can't make it tonight -- homework deadlines are looming. Because I am No Fun.

Hopefully y'all are having fun.
posted by rmd1023 at 3:40 PM on May 15, 2011

Tonight's CPH appearance has been cancelled due to tunneling brainworms. Hope everyone has fun!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:51 PM on May 15, 2011

Well, shoot. I'll keep a closer eye on these city meetup things.
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 8:23 PM on May 15, 2011

Good times! Thanks to backseatpilot, maryr, athenasbanquet and AlmondEyes for coming out on a chilly rainy evening.
posted by speicus at 9:35 AM on May 16, 2011

Whee! indeed! This was totally fun.
posted by athenasbanquet at 2:11 PM on May 16, 2011

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